Syria's allies are heading for a showdown at the UN. Britain intends to submit a resolution to the Security Council, which Russia is likely to block.
Russia has blocked a US-drafted resolution to renew a mandate of the body investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. A rival, Russian-made motion was also blocked, leaving the future of the probe in question.
Russia used its veto twice in 24 hours to deny a new mandate to the UN team looking into chemical weapon attacks in Syria. Moscow said it would not extend the mandate of the probe without fixing its "fundamental flaws."
The panel created unanimously by the Security Council is due to end in mid-November. Russia has drawn criticism for the move, but says it must first review an upcoming report before allowing the probe to move forward.
Russia has dismissed a UN inquiry report blaming the Syrian government for a deadly chemical attack. Moscow's move raises serious questions over whether the UN mandate for the investigative task force will be renewed.
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